Antique linen upholstery on French-style furniture perfectly exemplifies Anita's taste for rustic and refined.
Antique linen upholstery on French-style furniture perfectly exemplifies Anita’s taste for rustic and refined.

Frilly linens and burlap. Antiqued finishes and chipped edges. What’s not to love about the French farmhouse style?

“Farmhouse style exudes warmth and comfort, like a warm apple pie on a chilly night, while the French element adds elegance and sophistication,” explains Anita Joyce, owner of the Cedar Hill Farmhouse blog. “The combination just works.”

To emulate Anita’s soothing “Farmhouse French” style, blend high-end details with earthy, comfortable materials. “I use farmhouse elements like grain sacks, homespun linen, white ironstone plates and platters, old earthenware bowls and crockery, worn wood ladders, dough bowls, chippy iron beds, French enamel pitchers and worn baskets,” Anita says. “If it’s rusty or has chippy paint, it’s probably perfect.”

Next she mixes in French Louis XV and Louis XVI chairs, feminine French style lamps, original artwork, old candlesticks from churches, French silverware, silver teapots and water pitchers, French clocks, a cloche or two filled with luscious ivy, or Florentine trays as gold accents.

“Remember, you want to mix the rustic with the refined: Think sparkling crystal chandeliers mixed with a rusty iron bed frame, crisp white linen monogrammed sheets and a burlap covered bench,” says Anita.

Anita’s Favorite Decorating Tips

  • Add vintage! Try local flea markets, consignment stores, antiques festivals and thrift stores to find something unique.
  • “Age” your accessories with paint and antiquing wax.
  • Reupholster fancy antique French chairs and settees with grain sacks and homespun linen sheets.
  • Old dishes are inexpensive, easy to find and add so much charm.
  • Limit your color palette for a calming effect.

Anita is also author of French Accents: Farmhouse French Style for Today’s Home and podcast host for “Decorating Tips and Tricks.” For more information, visit cedarhillfarmhouse.com.